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Man found dead in blood-soaked room – but it wasn’t deemed to be suspicious

The sister of a murdered Wirral man made an emotional appeal for help to find his killer – two years after his body was discovered in his blood-soaked living room.

Darren Poole was found dead in his home on August 14, 2015 but his death was initially dismissed as non-suspicious, leading to potentially crucial evidence being lost from the crime scene.

Last year Liverpool and Wirral’s assistant coroner, Anita Bhardwaj, ruled the 37-year-old had been unlawfully killed – sparking the launch of a murder enquiry.

The painter and decorator died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.

His sister Lisa Poole, from Birkenhead, said: “We are glad the investigation has been re-opened because that’s what we wanted for Darren, for his death to be investigated how it should have been.

“I’ve known he was murdered since the day he passed, I just wanted someone to listen to that and we are in a better situation now.”

Lisa said Darren was a loving uncle to her daughters, twins aged nine and a 12-year-old, and at the time of his death was looking forward to the arrival of her son, who will turn two in December.

Popular painter and decorator Darren Poole, from Birkenhead. The 37-year-old was unlawfully killed in August 2015 .

She said her son resembles her brother – something which can be difficult for their mum, Helen Barry, brother Callum and the rest of the family.

She said: “Darren never got to meet him – and my son actually looks like him. Sometimes my mum finds that comforting and sometimes it’s hard.

“Darren knew I was having a boy and he was made up for me – at least he got to know that.”

Lisa said Darren was a sensitive and caring brother who was passionate about films.

She said: “When we were kids he was very sensitive. My mum would give him sweets to take out and he’d come back crying because he’d given them away!

“He was a lover of films and he’d often go to the pictures, even on his own. He loved everything about films – he’d always get the director’s cut.

Lisa Poole, sister of Wirral dad Darren Poole, 37.

“Nothing is the same without him and it can never be the same again. He was so important to all of us and he was everything to me.”

Lisa urged anyone who originally contacted detectives with information about her brother’s death to speak to the police again.

She said: “I would just ask people to please come forward and give that information to the police.

“Even anyone who gave information at the beginning, it’s just as important that they come forward and tell the police now.

“It could be the one thing that helps.

“Please help us as a family get justice for Darren so he can be at peace and maybe we can then start grieving for him.

“I don’t think we can do that until justice has been done.”

Lisa Poole, sister of Wirral dad Darren Poole, 37, who was discovered dead in his Birkenhead home in 2015, makes a fresh appeal for any information that may help detectives investigating the murder of the painter and decorator ahead of what will be the two year anniversary of his death.

A 42-year-old man from Tranmere was arrested on suspicion of Mr Poole’s murder in March and later released.

Speaking when the investigation into Darren’s death was re-opened, Detective Chief Inspector Paul Denn said: “Someone out there knows exactly who is responsible for his murder and we would like to take this opportunity to appeal for anyone who knows any information about the circumstances surrounding his death to contact police or Crimestoppers.

“We are particularly keen to talk to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area at the time of the assault to come forward and help us with our enquiries.

“We firmly believe that the answers lie within the local community and someone knows who is responsible for this terrible act, which has left a family devastated. It’s not too late to come forward.

“Darren died just three days after his 37th birthday and his family desperately want answers to the question of why his life was so cruelly and prematurely cut short.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 2265 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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